Did you know that August is National Psoriasis Awareness Month? It’s true. And, we’re doing our part to raise awareness here at The Savin Center in New Haven, CT.
While there are 5 different types of this condition, plaque psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin.
According to psoriasis.org, “Psoriasis is most often found on the outside of knees and elbows, the scalp, the lower back, the face, the palms and soles of feet. It also can show up in other places, such as fingernails, toenails, the genitals and inside the mouth.” Because psoriasis appears in areas atypical for eczema, this is an important differentiation between the two chronic skin conditions.
Though psoriasis can develop at any age, most people get it between the ages of 15 and 30. It is estimated that around 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis and even celebrities suffer from it – Kim Kardashian, LeAnn Rimes, Olympic athlete Dara Torres and golfer Phil Michelson have all struggled with their psoriasis, some quite publicly.
There are a variety of ways we treat psoriasis here at The Savin Center. For moderate to severe psoriasis, a new class of medications called “biologics” have made a new quality of life possible.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “These treatments are made from living human or animal proteins and target the precise immune responses involved with psoriasis and the overactive cells that cause psoriasis.” Our Fairfield County and New Haven County dermatology patients have had quite a bit of success with these medications for their psoriasis.
If you’re currently suffering from psoriasis, or are looking for a diagnosis for a skin condition that sounds like it might be psoriasis, click here to learn more on our website (link – http://savincenter.com/medical-dermatology/psoriasis-treatment/) or contact us to schedule your appointment.